Dani is a writer and actress who loves to learn and share tips and information to help others. She lives in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Have you ever visited Myrtle Beach in South Carolina? It's an amazing place and, in fact, one of the top tourist destinations in the United States. Most people plan their Myrtle Beach trips during summer. This makes sense—summer is the best time to visit a beach, right? However, everyone seems to have this same idea and it leads to hundreds of thousands of visitors at the same time.
If you want a unique beach vacation, you should try visiting Myrtle Beach during winter. Sure, it's odd to think about, but the following five reasons may make you think differently.
1. Less Tourists
If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach in summer, you are well aware that there are hundreds of thousands of people visiting all at once. The boardwalk stays packed and the lines for attractions can be unbearable in the 100+ degree heat. Traffic is a nightmare because of all the cars on the road, and you're lucky if you can even find a hotel room.
In the wintertime, it's the complete opposite. It's like a ghost town around here. Seriously, you'll wonder if the city's been evacuated for some strange reason. However, if you would like to explore all that the beach has to offer without being packed in like a sardine, wintertime is the perfect time to do it.
2. Dramatically Lower Prices
It's no secret that Myrtle Beach is an expensive place during summer. You can easily spend $2000 to $3000 on a decent room and rental car for the weekend and that doesn't include gas, food, plane fare (or whatever method you use to get here), shopping, or entertainment.
In fact, Myrtle Beach gets so expensive in the summer that many of the locals who live in hotels/motels year-round opt to go homeless in the summer because they can't afford the prices. Of course, that's a whole different issue that I'll tackle in a different article.
During winter, because there are less people, prices drop dramatically. Many places drop their prices to less than half of what they charge during summer. Some even drop them as low as 75% of their summer prices. You'll save so much money—even if you can afford to pay the soaring summer prices, you may be grateful for the chance to experience the beach on a budget.
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3. Winters Are Warm
For the last few years, we've enjoyed beautiful, sunny, 70-something-degree weather on Christmas day in Myrtle Beach. Forget a white Christmas—a wet Christmas is the new norm at the beach!
If you think that coming down during winter means you can't enjoy the beach, think again! While nights and mornings may be a bit chilly, by the time noon rolls around, the temperature will be great for the water. You'll still be able to walk around in t-shirts, shorts, flip-flops, or even just bathing suits, so you won't miss out on the beach experience at all.
Do keep in mind that January is freezing around here. The best winter time to come is late November through December.
4. Services Tend to Be Better
All businesses strive for excellent customer service, but let's be honest, when employees are overworked, lines are wrapped around the building, and some customers are rude and impatient, there is a chance you may not receive the best service that a business has to offer.
As someone who has worked in the service industry here in Myrtle Beach, I can tell you that my goal was to get through my shift without losing my mind. If customer service fell to the side a bit, well, as long as I had a job the next day, that's all I could think about.
During winter, because there are fewer people, businesses and their employees can focus on excellent customer service. Understand that it's not that they want to give you bad customer service during summer, but people are human, and they can only handle so much. The slower pace during winter allows them the time to be more customer-centric. In the end, you'll appreciate being the center of their attention.
5. Experience Winter Events at the Beach
Did you know that Myrtle Beach has its share of winter-themed events? This may be the beach, but we know how to celebrate winter and Christmas in unique, beachy ways.
One example is the annual Dickens Christmas Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. This award-winning show and festival features unique shopping opportunities and entertainment. Another is the annual Christmas parade that starts at Broadway at the Beach. Alabama Theater always has a spectacular Christmas show every year and so does the Carolina Oprey. Plus, there is no shortage of smaller, local Christmas events and festivals.
A Beachy Winter Vacation? Yes Please!
It's normal to think about skiing trips during the winter or escaping to warm places like Florida or Jamaica. However, above are five great reasons you should make Myrtle Beach your destination instead. Keep in mind, there are plenty more than five reasons, and you'll experience them all if you come.
Dare to be different and plan your winter beach vacation today.